In total, there are four petrol engines and three diesel units to choose from. The 1.6-litre diesel is the big-seller, and although it’s fairly gutsy, it is quite buzzy at lower revs and also emits a strong boom at motorway speeds. To our minds, the 1.0-litre petrol engine is a far better bet. For the most part, it’s eager and reasonably refined, but it does require a considered approach to get the best out of it. Unlike modern diesel engines, which pull away with the merest whiff of encouragement, three-cylinder engines are pretty stall-able devices. As a result, you need to be nifty with your footwork, blipping the throttle repeatedly and releasing the clutch in smart fashion to elicit a smooth pull-away. Once you get your head around this, you can quickly rise to the challenge, revving the motor hard and fast, and quickly shifting through the sweet six-speed manual box in proper hot-hatch fashion. The 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel is a decent choice, too, as it delivers plenty of power and reasonable refinement. Mated to a six-speed gearbox, it’s infinitely quieter at motorway speeds than the vocal five-speed 1.6 diesel. The strongest mixture of performance and efficiency comes from the 181bhp diesel, which has an urgent surge of power between 1500 and 3000rpm. It’s not a particularly satisfying engine to rev hard, though, because of its gruff note when using full power. Of all the engines, the punchy, sweet-revving 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol motor is our favourite, because of its intoxicating combination of impressive economy, excellent refinement and strong performance.